Greek vocabulary and grammar exercise with a Rebetiko song.

It cannot always be sunny, also in Greece there are “rainy days”! And of course there is a Greek song that goes along with a wet day! Listen to the beautiful rebetiko song, composed by Vassilis Tsitsanis “Raindrops are falling” «Πέφτουν της βροχής οι στάλες».
A rainy day is excellent to study Greek as well,so here we go!

Listen to the song, while you read the lyrics below, in Greek and English.
You will learn daily vocabulary as well as important Greek grammar.

Lyrics, music: Vassilis Tsitsanis
Singer: Sotiria Bellou

Στίχοι/ Lyrics (English translation below)

Πέφτουν της βροχής οι στάλες
και εγώ κάθομαι στις σκάλες
Θα ‘θελα να μπω, σαν πρώτα
μα κρατάς κλειστή την πόρτα
Τι την θέλεις και την κλείνεις;
να μπω μέσα δε μ’ αφήνεις
είναι συννεφιά και μπόρα
και τι θ’ απογίνω τώρα
Απορώ τι σου χω φταίξει
άνοιξε, άνοιξε θα βρέξει
πέφτουν της βροχής οι στάλες
και `γω κάθομαι στις σκάλες

English translation of Greek lyrics: “Rain drops are falling”

Raindrops are falling
And I’m sitting (outside), on the stairs
I would like to get in, as I used to,
But you keep the door closed

Why you want it to close it?
Why you don’t let me in?
It’s cloudy and it rains
What will happen to me?

I wonder where did I go wrong?
Open! open! It will rain
The rain drops are falling
And I’m sitting (outside) on the stairs

Ready to also learn some Greek grammar? In the table you find the verbs you hear in the song.
Print the table and complete it by writing the same verbs in the different tenses. (Solution below)

Simple present

Μέλλοντας απλός/Υποτακτική απλή
Simple future/simple subjunctive
Simple past

Present perfect

να μπω
έχω φταίξει
θα βρέξει

Was it difficult? In order to know most of the tenses well, you have to be at an intermediate level in Greek. If you need help to achieve that level, at Omilo you can find the course that fits you best.


Here below the  Solution of the grammar excercise


Μέλλοντας απλός/Υποτακτική απλή



(they fall)

θα/να πέσουν έπεσαν

έχουν πέσει

(I sit)

θα καθίσω-θα κάτσω κάθισαν-έκατσαν

έχουν καθίσει-έχουν κάτσει

(I get/come in)

να μπω μπήκα

έχω μπει

(you keep)

θα/να κρατήσεις κράτησα

έχεις κρατήσει

(you let)

θα/να αφήσεις άφησα

έχω αφήσει

(I am guilty/wrong)

θα/ να φταίξω έφταιξα

έχω φταίξει

(it rains)

θα βρέξει έβρεξε

έχει βρέξει

If you would like to listen to one more Rebetiko song of Tsitsanis, click here.